PENGUINS UPEND SABRES IN OVERTIME SHOOTOUT
The shootout was kind to the Penguins once again.
Erik Christensen and Sidney Crosby tallied goals in the shootout and Marc-Andre Fleury was strong in goal as the Penguins won for the eighth time in their last nine overtime shootouts, 5-4, Tuesday night at Mellon Arena.
Drew Stafford was the only Buffalo player to score in the shootout as Fleury turned aside Daniel Briere and Thomas Vanek to earn the win.
Sergei Gonchar had a goal and an assist in the game to pull into a tie with Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom for the NHL scoring lead among defensemen
Jason Pominville knocked in a rebound with 3:33 left in the first period to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead.
Ryan Malone found the back of the net with 2:52 remaining. From the near corner, Crosby wheeled around and fed a pass to Gonchar, who was streaking into the slot. His one-timer deflected off Malone and beat Ryan Miller for a 1-1 tie.
Max Talbot put the Penguins up, 2-1, with 3:27 remaining. Circling around the back of the net, his centering pass deflected off a Sabres defender and off Miller before trickling into the net. Alain Nasreddine and Ryan Whitney earned assists.
Dmitri Kalinin one-timed a shot past Fleury to knot the game at 2-all with 1:43 to go in the second period.
Crosby deflected Mark Recchi's shot into the net 1:18 into the third period for a power-play goal and a 3-2 lead. Whitney earned an assist on the play.
Gonchar rifled a shot from the point to give the Penguins a 4-2 advantage with 9:22 to play. His hard shot from the point deflected off a Buffalo defender's stick and ricocheted into the net.
The Sabres used a two-goal comeback to send the game into overtime.
Briere turned a two-on-one into a Sabres goal with 7:14 on the clock.
Buffalo tied the game with 6.2 seconds remaining in regulation on Chris Drury's goal.
ICE CHIPS: Daniel Paille was Buffalo's scratch...Mark Eaton, Joel Kwiatkowski, Chris Thorburn, Georges Laraque and Nils Ekman were the Penguins' scratches...The announced attendance was 17,132...Sidney Crosby (No. 1), Ryan Whitney (No. 2) and Daniel Briere (No. 3) were the game's three stars.